Rare NGC-certified Vintage Chinese Coin Realizes $324,000 in Stack's Bowers Sale

Posted on 4/14/2021

An NGC-certified gold tael sold for double its estimated price in the Hong Kong auction.

Vintage Chinese coins certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) had strong results in a Stack’s Bowers sale held in Hong Kong, April 6-8, 2021. Three rare coins each bearing a dragon design and dating to the final years of the imperial era realized over $100,000 apiece.

They were led by a Chinese 1907 Gold Pattern Tael graded NGC MS 64 (lot 52136) that realized $324,000, doubling its pre-auction estimate of $100,000 to $150,000. These ambitious patterns never progressed to a circulation issue because China’s gold reserves were modest at the time. According to the NGC Census, there are only 15 NGC-certified examples, and the one that sold is the highest graded coin of its kind.

China 1907 Gold Teal Obverse China 1907 Gold Tael Reverse
China 1907 Gold Tael graded NGC MS 64: Realized $324,000
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A China (1898) Chihli 50 Cents graded NGC MS 62 (lot 53030), realized an outstanding $144,000, several times its pre-auction estimate of $10,000 to $15,000. This coin is noted for the almond shape of the dragon’s eyes, and this particular example has a solid even, strike.

China Yr24(1898)50 Cent Obverse China Yr24(1898)50 Cent Reverse
China Yr24(1898) 50 Cent graded NGC MS 62: Realized $144,000
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Meanwhile, a China 1910 Silver Dollar graded NGC MS 64 (lot 52161) also realized $144,000.

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1910 China Silver Dollar graded NGC MS 64: Realized $144,000
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Other NGC-certified highlights in the sale included:

  • a China (1914) L. Giorgi Silver Dollar graded NGC UNC Details (lot 52311) that realized $132,000
  • a Korea 1906 10 Won graded NGC MS 66 and pedigreed to the Eliasberg Collection (lot 51234) that realized $72,000
  • a China YR29-Dated Gold Tael Modern Restrike graded PF 66 Cameo (lot 52132) that realized $72,000
  • an Iran AH1301B (1883-84) Wreath Obverse 25 Toman graded NGC UNC Details (lot 51193) that realized $52,800
  • a China (1990) 15oz Gold Vault Protector Medal graded NGC PF 69 Ultra Cameo (lot 51448) that realized $52,800
  • a China (1928) Silver Auto Dollar graded NGC AU 50 (lot 53325) that realized $50,400
  • a China (1900) Silver Dollar graded NGC MS 62 (lot 53041) that realized $49,200

Prices realized include buyer’s premium. All estimates are provided by the auction house in US dollars.

Related Link:

  • Explore the NGC Census for information about NGC-certified Chinese coins.

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